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NH Dave BS: Moving out of the city (98* d) RE: BS: Moving out of the city 05 Oct 06


All of the above plus if you live in snow country, buy the best snow or multi-use tires you can find, keep your vehicle in good nick, and keep plenty of food that will not spoil on hand, as storms may knock down power and phone lines. Not only will you have no electricity, but you can't call someone about your problems. We always used to keep kerosene/parafin lamps and lanterns around in case the lines went down, but today I'd suggest
Aladdin Lamps, since with a mantle, they give so much more light, as well as heat, a freeby in cold weather.

If you aren't completely sure you can press through heavy or drifted snow, go back! You can usually retrace your route to the nearest motel or whatever, and caution can keep you from spending the day or night in your car, wondering if you have enough fuel to keep the passenger compartment warm until help arrives. Incautious people have frozen to death in cars that got stuck on an infrequently traveled road, and then ran out of gas to keep the engine and heater running.

If you must travel in snowy weather, be sure to carry a large duffle bag of extra cold weather clothes, insulated parka, heavy mittens - gloves cut off the circulation in your fingers which may freeze - a good sleeping bag, as well as some dry food, and a way to cook it. You may never need it, but when you do, it is more comforting to remember that you did sling it in the back of the car, rather than leaving it in your cellar or front hall.

I hate to make the country seem totally inhospitable, although it may seem so. If you try to meet it in its terms you can have a wonderful life away from the city, but you will have to make some attitude adjustments before you will be completely happy away from town.

Dave

Who grew up in the country, and loved its simplicity. I can't go back, as the whole area has become very urban and restrictive, but I can always remember how things used to be.


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